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George W. Wilson, 97 - February 28, 2013

George W. Wilson, 97, of Pierce, formerly of Gothenburg, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Pierce Manor.
Memorial services will take place at Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 4, with the Rev. Gordon Bruce officiating. A private family inurnment will be conducted at a later date at Lone Star Cemetery in Mississippi.
Wilson was born Feb. 23, 1916, at rural Collins, MS, to William Emmanuel Wilson and Addie Graves Wilson.
He attended Lone Star School and Delta State Teacher’s College. He then received his master degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, and an education specialist degree at the University of Nebraska. He was employed as a superintendent of schools.
Wilson served with the U.S. Navy from August 1941 to June 1946 as chief pay clerk, supply and distributing officer and aviation machinist mate. He served at the Pacific Theater on the USS Wyandot (AKA92) as flight engineer-PBY-5A-Battle of Midway. He earned the medals of good conduct, American defense service, American Theater of War, Asiatic-Pacific Area (2 stars) World War II victory, Philippine Liberation (1 star).
On June 8, 1944, he married Bonnie Flick Wilson at San Jose, CA. He and his wife resided at Pierce for 41 years.
He was a dedicated school administrator and was a teacher, coach and principal at Lone Star, Oakvale and Rocky Creek, MS, from 1946 to 1952. He then served as high school principal at Gothenburg from 1952 to 1959, superintendent at Utica/Centennial Schools from 1959 to 1972, and superintendent of Pierce Public Schools from 1972 to 1985.
Wilson was a resident of the Pierce Manor from April 10, 2012, until his death.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 55 of Norfolk, was a master mason, and a member of American Legion Post No. 72 of Pierce for 34 years.
Wilson was an avid fisherman, hunter and conservationist, and will be remembered for his garden produce, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, William and Addie; his son, George Wallace Wilson, Jr.; three sisters and five brothers.
Survivors include: his wife, Bonnie Wilson of Pierce; three sons—Larry (Joann) Wilson of Excelsior Springs, MO, Michael Wilson (Joyce Wickell) of Auxuasse, MO, and John P. (Kathy) Wilson of Madison, AL; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Edwin Wilson of Gulf Port, MS.
Memorials are suggested to the Pierce, Centennial/Utica and Gothenburg Education Foundations.